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Port Angeles Evening News (Newspaper) - April 8, 1976, Port Angeles, Washington The daily port april 1 976 3a Man who was there recalls birth of news by Don Pax son the Type filled Page tightened everything made a final started the machine and the port Angeles evening news was born that was april and 60 years John Schwei Zer is 81 and still Active in the print his Quick stride and gestures have slowed but the Many people who have known him through the years still recognize the on that april Day when the evening news came to the population of the town was about Schweitzer and its citizens were walking on planked Street in some areas was moving Over roads constructed the same a resident was More Likely to meet a cow on the streets than he was an automobile because cars were not plentiful in port Angeles in those because Street lights were residents abroad at night often carried their own lanterns to make sure of their Schweitzer said when he really got the Babcock press it turned out copies of the newspaper at about per today offset press prints about per to break the Monotony of feeding one Sheet of paper after Schweitzer used to put in a then run around the press and get Back in position in time to feed the next any time the Days edition had More than four pages the additional pages had to be inserted by one of the Crew stood at the end of the press where the papers came off and made the Schweitzer estimated the infant evening news started out with a circulation of about it was not without the Herald was already a daily in port the evening news bought it in another was the free an Early Day socialist paper and somewhere along in there was a paper run by the but it didst last he Schweitzer was 12 years old when his family moved to port Angeles from his the year was 1909 and the Youthful Schweitzer went put in one run around the put in to classes at the old Central school on the site of what is now Washington following his schooling and a number of jobs around the he got into the printing he worked for then publisher of the olympic and publisher of the Tribune the weekly papers shared the same print the Young Printer decided it was time for a raise and Webster but when Smith told him he was making As much As he was going to on that Schweitzer looked he went to Sedro Woolley and worked for the weekly courier for awhile then moved Down to to work on the a newspaper consolidation was made and in the process the Young Printer found himself out of a he came Back to port Angeles and went to work As a Forest Ranger in the sol Duck River when he reported for work he was Given an old tent for sleeping quarters and during the frequent Rains of that season he said the tent leaked he wound up trying to sleep under soggy in addition to he said the mice would come out at night and chisel on my hair for their his Job was to patrol an area of the he Seldom saw anyone for the two months he was on the when i got to where i was talking to i decided it was time to turn in my he that was in the Days of world War i and Schweitzer soon found himself drafted into the he was in infantry training at fort Mcdowell on Angel Island at san Francisco when the War ended and he joined the flood of veterans returning to their Home upon his return to port Angeles he went to work in the old Charles Nelson lumber one of the largest of its kind at that Schweitzer moved to another Job when the parafin began building the Mill which soon became known As the boxboard later it was fibreboard he was designated the Mills first acid maker and got his training by helping to put in the plants acid making digesters and the who directed the installation of this part of the remained with the Young Crew for about a month after the Mill was constructed then left Schweitzer and his fellow workers on their one of those Young fellow Mill hands was Vernon who went on to work up through the ranks to become manager of the Mill for years before he Basom last year retired As mayor of port Schweitzer was working at the Plant when Webster offered him and the late William Billy Welsh a partnership in the evening he took the offer and returned to the local newspaper he ran the mechanical Side of the newspaper and its companion commercial printing when Webster wanted to have More time for his naturalist studies of the nearby olympic Schweitzer moved into the front office to take Over the business management and up to that Jessie Webster and Welsh had been handling the news and after Welsh concentrated on the news and Webster stepped out of her Active role in the operation of the evening that was about 1929 when the newspaper and the nation were edging closer to the great Schweitzer said he Felt something was so lil 8 Little hed8in8 by accumulating a Cash when the economic storm really the newspaper was Able to weather it by drawing on the Cash reserves and using Dairy scrip and county warrants to meet its As the evening news moved into the final year of the armies were on the March in Europe and More changes were coming for the Welsh sold his interest in the paper Back to the websters and left to go into Public relations with the growing Crown Zellerbach world War ii brought More problems for instead of the economic problems of the depression it was the Lack of when asked How he Schweitzer replied we just worked Day and that another change for Schweitzer came shortly after world War in he sold his interest in the paper to the but remained on As advertising he continued on in that capacity until the latter 1950s when he decided to take it a Little easier by turning Over the management of the department to someone else while he concentrated on taking care of some key his Long association with the evening news and its forerunners ended in 1961 when he left the newspaper and a Short time later joined the staff of the shopping a free distribution during the past five he has gradually Cut his advertising work Back until he spends very Little time at it he resides at 429 12th and enjoys working in his Yard and another pleasure is visiting his and his family in Portland or having the four grandchildren visit in port Angeles or the Cabin on Lake Crescent which Schweitzer has owned for after reviewing the decades and problems he faced and Schweitzer looked at the Pace of today work and remarked with a Grin in sure glad i dont have to do it first publisher Jessie Webster Active in the Community Beth Webster daughter who took Over Charles Webster following his father Esther Webster last of the line Webster son carry on family work continued from previous Page stand and turned around and went sound his wife she didst see him again until she was in new working at where she became an assistant buyer in the Interior decorating meanwhile she was going to Art she and three other girls drove across country to new York in a Model t Ford with no lights and no spare one of the girls was the sister of a girl Webster was when they arrived in new Webster and his girl Friend had a place picked out for the four of us girls moved into a basement apartment in Hells Kitchen across the Street from the theological Down the Street from the new Republic and near a detention Home for Webster it was Only a Block and a half from the we could get on the Staten Island ferry for four cents and ride Back and Forth All she and Charles Webster were married on the has Bermuda by the Captain on a cruise to with the depression came layoffs at Ford and Webster was working Long he came West on a vacation in 1934 and decided to join his father on the who meanwhile had been offered a position As an artist on harpers joined him a few weeks by then she was painting and went to the University of Washington for a three month Art course and came Back to port Angeles to spend the next six or seven years the younger Webster progressed through the various departments of the after the death of his father in 1936 he was elected treasurer of the corporation and was named he was named president of the firm upon the death of his in he and Webster often went to san Francisco and to Seattle to Art museums and he has walked thousands of Miles through museums with me and i walked the Embarcadero with he seemed to know every ship that came into and had sailed on Many of she Webster directed Many campaigns for the betterment of the Webster one led to upgrading milk standards of the county Dairy Industry another resulted in the establishment of the olympic National Park followed by one which brought the North Side of Angeles into the Park another resulted in the adoption of modern concepts of education and Lon term planning by the school still another was aimed at pollution control in port Angeles his Lon term interest in radio culminated in establishment of radio Kong in the first radio station in the he purchased olympic stationers in 1937 and sold it in i went Down to the paper when the War came and they get anyone to and it didst seem important to Webster she went to just answer the but was soon covering the police going to taking and before Long she was representing her husband and doing investigative during the 1940s his health began to fail and in 1954 after a history of hypertension he suffered a serious cerebral he never fully was in and out of and spent the last two years of his life in a nursing he never set foot inside the new building where the paper moved in March of during his lifetime he was an enthusiastic hiker and he was instrumental in getting Deer Park and then Hurricane Ridge open for he also knew the Flora and Fauna of the an interest inherited from his Webster worked at radio Kong and had an interview program for five years under the name of Jean after working several years As a and Webster bought out the family interests in the newspaper in 1961 and became sole owners of the Esther Webster became publisher in 1966 and president of the corporation in she continued after her husbands death in 1969 until Selling the paper to the Mcclelland family of Longview in and after 55 years the daily news was not published by a after the paper was Webster did what she thought her husband and his father would have she has set up scholarships and Grants to Allied daily a Northwest association of newspapers Portland state University for Art students Portland University for student journalists Reed College the University of Washington Peninsula the contemporary crafts museum in Portland and the Seattle Art she also is a Patron at the port Angeles symphony and the port Angeles Community the Webster family no longer publishes the but through years of Effort has left its Mark on the first publisher whose name not John Mcclelland publisher of the daily news upon the Purchase of the port Angeles evening news in 1972 by the Longview publishing John Mcclelland became the first publisher of the newspaper whose name was not although publisher by Mcclelland has appointed an associate publisher to direct the operation of the daily Ned Thomas serves As editor and associate publisher of the who is a Leader of Longview also serves As publisher of the daily news in Longview and the Bellevue a sem weekly born in in Mcclelland attended Stanford University where he received an associates degree in journalism in after graduation he worked in California As a reporter and Desman for the Santa Ana Salinas Post and Sacramento in 1940 he joined the staff of the daily news in the Longview newspaper had been started by his father in 1923 when the City of Longview was Mcclelland took a leave from his Job in 1942 to serve in world War ii As a Navy gunnery he returned to the daily news in Longview after three years in the he became editor in 1946 and in 1955 was named publisher of the Mcclelland has received various journalism honors As his involvement in the communications has in Sigma Delta the society of professional he served As a National Counselor in 1946 1947 1948 vice 1949 50 and he received Sigma Delta Chis Wells key award in 1955 and was chosen a fellow of Sigma Delta Chi in 1971 along with Katharine publisher of the Washington and Howard news commentator for Mcclelland has been state chairman for the associated press and is a member of its National Board of since he has been a member of the Board of curators of the Washington historical he has also served on the advisory Board of the Western Federal records Center of the National
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